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Frieze London came to a close on Sunday after four days of art. It featured 162 galleries from 25 countries and welcomed around 60 000 visitors, including the likes of singers Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Frieze London, which was sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the 11th time running, saw sales of £231.2 million, indicating that the art market is still going strong.
 
“Because I Can’t Have You I Want You” by Hirst, which went for £4 million at the White Cube, has to be counted amongst the key sales at Frieze. Meanwhile “Achrome” by Piero Manzoni fetched £12.6 million at Sotheby’s, the highest price the auction house has ever achieved during Frieze. In total Sotheby’s made £69.6 million at their auctions during the art fair. 
 
Achrome by Piero Manzoni / Image source - Sotheby's

Frieze London was flanked by Frieze Masters again, a newer event which was set up in 2009 and which runs parallel to the contemporary art fair.  This edition marks the event’s founders - Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp - last year as directors of Frieze, before Victoria Siddall and Joanna Stella-Sawicka take over. In a statement Slotover and Sharp commented: “It’s been a fantastic year for us and we’ve had a huge number of compliments. Since it will be our last London fair as directors it’s very pleasing that we can pass it on to Victoria and Jo in such great shape.”
 
Starting tomorrow, FIAC is the next contemporary art fair in the diary.